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Golden-headed Cisticola - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative names: Gold-naped Cisticola, Gold-capped Cisticola, Bright-capped Cisticola, Yellow-headed Cisticola, Golden Cisticola, Bright-headed Cisticola

Photo © by Romy Ocon
Philippines, August 2006
Cisticola exilis


9 cm (3½ in)

  • Streaked upperparts
  • Tail rounded: shorter in breeding plumage


Photo © by mthompson
Tyto Wetlands, north Queensland September 2009

Eurasia and Australasia:
Asia: China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Island of Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas, Bali and Island of Timor
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and Melanesia



Photo © by Ken Doy
Eagleby, Queensland, Australia, December 2016
Non-breeding plumage
Photo © by Ken Doy
Eagleby, Queensland, Australia, August 2018

Cisticola exilis has 12 subspecies[1]:


Tall grass and reeds around marshes and wetlands, including sewage ponds and rice fields. Also field edges on lower mountain slopes.



Their diet consists mostly of small insects, ants, caterpillars, moths etc.


Flight (composite picture)
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Paranaque City, Philippines, August 2010

They time their breeding effort to the rainy season.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014 and August 2018)

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